For Parents

Youth Ministry Parents

Recommended Links

Digital Kids Initiative (Great resource for parents to help their kids navigate their digital world)
http://www.digitalkidsinitiative.com/resources/handouts/

Five Myths about Young Adult Church Dropouts
http://www.barna.org/teens-next-gen-articles/534-five-myths-about-young-adult-church-dropouts

The Source for Parents
http://www.thesource4parents.com
http://www.youtube.com/thesource4parents

HomeWard Center for Youth and Family
http://www.homeword.com

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
http://www.cpyu.org

Focus on the Family Parenting
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting_challenges/teen_rebellion/holding_tight_when_your_teen_rebels.aspx


Recommended  Books

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids  by Dr. Kara E. Powell & Dr. Chap Clark
Nearly every Christian parent in America would give anything to find a viable resource for developing within their kids a deep, dynamic faith that ‘sticks’ long term. Sticky Faith delivers. Research shows that almost half of graduating high school seniors struggle deeply with their faith. Recognizing the ramifications of that statistic, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) conducted the ‘College Transition Project’ in an effort to identify the relationships and best practices that can set young people on a trajectory of lifelong faith and service. Based on FYI findings, this easy-to-read guide presents both a compelling rationale and a powerful strategy to show parents how to actively encourage their children’s spiritual growth so that it will stick to them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith.  Sticky Faith Website

Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent  by Jonathan McKee
In this enlightening and entertaining book, Jonathan McKee shares how to connect with your kids, how to teach lasting values to teenagers in an R-rated world, and how to put parenting blunders behind you.

 

 

Parenting Beyond your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (The Orange Series)  by Reggie Joiner
When parents work in tandem with the faith community to raise their children, they increase their parenting capacity exponentially.  Most parents have so many demands on their time that they can’t be the kind of parent they desire to be. They need to know the Orange Factor: Two combined influences will make a greater impact on kids than just two influences. And it’s true. Parents who partner with the faith community are the best way to bring the next generation into the family of God-and keep them there.

 

Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working   by Craig Groeschel
Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believe in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives. Simply put, normal isn’t working. Groeschel’s WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.

 

Radical  by David Platt
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.  Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment–a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.